Art Out: "Slow Motion"
John Doe is pleased to present Slow Motion , featuring works by Michael Chandler and Charlie Rubin, on view from March 1 to 22, 2018. The exhibition showcases the work of two artists from two different generations who divergently deliver meditative, vivid abstractions. Chandler makes visceral paintings founded in nature but informed by the rhythm of the city and Rubin twists the routine by reshaping his pictures in form, context and presentation.
Rubin’s images explore the artifice of place, and the post Instagram void. In this series, rather than seeking out the exceptional moment, he creates it, altering images by adding layers, physically and digitally, on top of his photographs. The lines are blurred between what is natural and unreal, what is ordinary and extraordinary and as such, everyday settings trip, creating fantasy like, subverted, observations.
The precise and thoughtful construction of Chandler’s densely worked canvases employ a dark and luminous use of color with brushstrokes that echo movements of the human body. Energy, emotion and chance all play a role in his mark making. Chandler's paintings have been characterized as the representation of a beginning: perhaps the origin of this world, or the beginning of the next. It is almost as if everything were moving to create a new natural world, a primeval explosion which gradually orders itself into a new form of nature.
Images and text courtesy of John Doe Gallery and Charlie Rubin.